County Union Workers Decry Raises For Upper Management

Oct 4, 2018

Oct 5, 2018 -- County union workers object to a recent raise for upper-level management, including CEO Carmel Angelo. On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors voted to phase in a forty thousand dollar raise for Angelo, arguing that her relationships with state legislators have proven invaluable, and that they want to retain those in key positions. While Angelo was on the job for five years before she made as much as her male predecessor, union reps say lower-level employees deserve a raise, too.

Significantly for union negotiators, a long-awaited survey of pay rates by a firm called Koff and Associates has stalled.

About 25-30% of general employees have been expedited, which means they’ve gotten a raise outside the bargaining process. Kort Pettersen, the president of SEIU 1021 Mendocino Local, the union that represents county workers, is a social worker who got the bump. But he says that’s divisive in departments where not everyone was so fortunate.